Our Break With the Old Life

“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4).

Baptism represents many things, including a changed life now devoted to the God who will one day raise us from the dead. But in order to be completely devoted to God, we must make a clean break from the past.

The Past

The past represents our “pre-Christ” life, the life we lived prior to knowing Jesus Christ. We, according to the Bible, followed “the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2). We were strangers to God and without hope in the world. When we get baptized, we renounce this old world and all of its values, and embark upon a new life in Christ.

The best way to approach this is not a gradual break, but a complete break. We can see this pictured in baptism. We are dying to the old life that we might walk in newness of life:

“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4).

We will talk more about the new life tomorrow, but we need to count ourselves dead to the old life:

“I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification” (Romans 6:19).

Peter echoes this thought with these words:

“For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you” (1 Peter 4:3-4).

Baptism demonstrates our death to the old life, and we need to follow that pattern in our own life. We need to make a clean break with our life of unbelief, so we can fully embrace the resurrection life that God has graciously bestowed upon us.

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